The Battle of Hastings, where King Harold lost his life and the war against the Normans, forever remembered.
Did Harold even die at the Battle of Hastings?
Some tales say not. According to one such tale, Harold spent two years recovering from wounds he received at Hastings before going on pilgrimage in France and England. He returned as an old man and lived as a hermit at Dover and Chester, where he revealed his true identity just before dying.
In 1163 Ailred of Rievaulx noted:
"... Harold himself was deprived of the kingdom of England, and either died wretchedly or, as some think, escaped to a life of penitence."
It's shame that the last Anglo-Saxon king had such a short reign of nine months. We remember him for having an arrow in the eye and dying at Hastings instead of being a great leader and king of England. Looking at the limited evidence, I like to think that the last king would have been memorable for being just that.
Harold was crowned on 6 January 1066 and died at the Battle of Hastings on 14 October 1066. On the nearest Saturday to the 14 October, a Medieval festival is held in the town of Waltham Abbey, Essex, to commemorate King Harold Day. Harold was Lord of the Manor of Waltham.